Building COLLISION AVOIDANCE Robots in Middle School Robotics

Building COLLISION AVOIDANCE Robots in Middle School Robotics

I vlogged our big competition day for our collision avoidance robots in middle school robotics. If students had a head on collision or fell off the table, they were out.

Self-driving cars video I introduce the project with

Create a bot that avoids other bots & obstacles in the field.
Must utilize at least 3 sensors (touch, color, gyro, ultrasonic)
Must incorporate screen text, sound, and lights.
Must be autonomous.

If your bot hits another bot or obstacle, you’re out.
If your bot is bumped, you’re still in unless it’s a head on collision
Starting placement can be anywhere at least 1 foot away from nearest bot.
You cannot stay put; the bot has to be moving at least at a power level of 20 most of the time.

Field to be determined
1st Round – practice Round
2nd Round – winner goes to finals (does not compete in rounds 3-5)
3rd Round – winner goes to finals (does not compete in rounds 4-5)
4th Round – winner goes to finals (does not compete in round 5)
5th Round – winner goes to finals
6th Round – four winners compete

(here’s a color coded PDF of it)
20 points – All sensors were utilized in a meaningful way
18 points – Three different sensors were utilized
12 points – Two different sensors were utilized
5 poings – One or less sensor was utilized

20 points – Text shows sensor info. Lights & sound responsive to actions.
18 points – Utilized text, sound, and light.
12 points – Utilized ⅓ of the brick requirements (text, sound, light)
5 points – Did not utilize text, sound, or light

20 points – Sound construction; no repairs needed when running program.
18 points – Rare faults/repairs when running program.
12 points – Frequent or significant faults/repairs when running program.
5 points – Quite fragile; breaks a lot when running program.

20 points – Streamlined code and easy for anyone to understand.
18 points – Appropriate code and easy to understand.
10 points – Inefficient code and challenge to understand.
5 points – Excessive code and difficult to understand.

20 points – Bot was ‘last bot standing’ and was never out.
18 points – Bot in Top 4
15 points – Out 1st round

Port View
Display, Lights, Sounds
Touch Sensor
Color & Light Sensor
Ultrasonic Sensor
Gyro Sensor
Running Multiple Sensors

By Thom H Gibson

I help middle school STEM teachers create meaningful & memorable experiences for their students. Teacher, podcaster, YouTuber. Two-time teacher of the year

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